Pieter de Hooch (1617-1684) was a painter during the Dutch Golden Age. The painting shown above is titled “Woman Drinking With Soldiers” done in 1658 at the Louvre. The early work of de Hooch, like most young painters of his time, was mostly composed of scenes of soldiers in stables and taverns, though he used these to develop great skill in light, color, and perspective rather than to explore an interest in the subject matter. The interiors are minutely painted, the figures seem to be less important than the environment in which they are painted. His works are subtly illuminated with lateral sources of light and often feature a series of rooms leading from one to the next.